van de Ven Captures ITA Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship

May 15, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University senior Marjolein van de Ven has been named the Northwest Region recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, it was recently announced.

The Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship is awarded to a collegiate women's tennis player who displays dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis.

The award is given players in eight regions across the country with regional award winners moving on to finalists for the national award that will be announced May 22 in Athens, Ga.

The Delft, Netherlands native, van de Ven finished the 2007 season with a team-leading 24 victories as she captured WSU's Most Valuable Player award. It marked the second consecutive season van de Ven posted 24 wins, tying her for fifth of the Cougars' single-season wins list. She also became just the fourth player in school history to have back-to-back 20-win seasons.

In 2007, van de Ven had a season-best 10-match winning streak early in the dual-match portion of the schedule, playing mainly in the No. 3 spot for the Cougars. She also had a 13-10 record in doubles play, teaming primarily with Ekaterina Burduli at the No. 1 position.

This past season WSU compiled a 14-11 record, finishing eighth in the Pacific-10 Conference.
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